Home | News    Saturday 4 February 2006

Sudan refugees reluctant to leave Central Africa

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

Feb 3, 2006 (MBOKI, CAR) — After more than 15 years as refugees in Central African Republic, not all of those who fled Sudan’s civil war want to go home even as peace returns and aid workers organise flights back.

JPEG - 10.3 kb
Sudanese refugees celebrate Refugee Day at Ikafe camp in northwest Uganda near the borders of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo June 20, 2005. (Reuters).

Central African Republic signed a deal with Sudan and the United Nations on Wednesday to assist the return of some 16,000 refugees this year, but some see little reason to move.

"It’s not worth returning home for me," said Jacques, a 19-year-old orphan in Mboki, a town in southeastern Central African Republic from where the first group of 49 Sudanese refugees flew home on Thursday.

"I lost my parents to the war and I have been here since I was young. I consider Central African Republic to be my home."

Southern Sudan’s two-decade fight for greater autonomy from Khartoum, Africa’s longest civil war, killed two million people before a peace agreement was signed in January 2005.

But despite the deal, many southern Sudanese have opted to stay in Central African Republic, one of the world’s poorest countries, rather than return to a barren region lacking schools, hospitals, water and roads.

"I am unhappy to be returning home because I had a good time with the Central Africans," said Sudanese refugee Aissatou Marian, a mother of three who fled her homeland 15 years ago.

"But there is nothing I can do. I have to go back home to rebuild my country," she said before boarding a plane to the southwestern Sudanese town of Tambura, where the U.N.’s refugee agency said family and friends were waiting for the returnees.

The U.N. agency and the International Organisation for Migration plan regular flights carrying 600 refugees a week back to Sudan, most of them to Tambura and nearby Yambio.

There are 12,000 Sudanese refugees in Mboki, according to the United Nations. It estimates 4,000 more are scattered throughout the landlocked former French colony.

Under the 2005 peace accord, Khartoum ceded a high degree of autonomy to the south and laid out plans for a referendum on secession in six years.

Some 10,000 U.N. peacekeepers being deployed to monitor the deal have already reported serious violations so far this year.

But Sudan’s State Minister of Interior, Aleu Ayieny Aleu, promised the refugees they could return home in peace as he signed the repatriation agreement.

"The bells are ringing for us to go back," said one 50-year-old refugee, who did not want to give his name. "The signing of the peace deal is evidence that peace has returned."

(Reuters)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Perspectives on Kiir and Machar meeting 2018-06-20 22:48:12 By Santino Ayual Bol IGAD which has been facilitating and mediating the slow-heel Agreement to Resolve the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan shortly abbreviated as ARCISS has unilaterally (...)

SLM’s al-Nur’s response to Troika countries about violence in Darfur 2018-06-20 22:02:28 Response by the Sudan Liberation Movement to statement by the United States, United Kingdom & Kingdom Of Norway on cessation of violence in Darfur By Abdul Wahid al-Nur Dear President (...)

Another electoral farce Sudanese should expect in 2020 2018-06-18 02:08:16 Sudanese Elections Scheduled for 2020 will be Fraught with Dangers andCounterfeiting like its predecessors By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The National Congress Party (NCP) regime’s Elections Scheduled (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


The Suspension of Hurriyat Online Newspaper 2018-04-29 07:04:37 Sudan Democracy First Group 28 April 2018 The Sudanese civil and political circles and those concerned with Sudan were shocked by the news that the management of Hurriyat online newspaper has (...)

Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan 2018-04-22 10:01:20 UN Secretary-General, New York African Union Commission, Addis Ababa UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan (...)

Abyei celebrates Mine Awareness Day 2018-04-05 08:52:03 4 April 2018 | Abyei - The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) commemorated the International Day for Mine Awareness and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.